Unreal Engine 4.21 released with host of new features

Nov 07, 2018 at 10:52 am by SchelleFire

Unreal Engine 4.21

Unreal Engine continues has continued its pursuit of greater efficiency, performance, and stability for every project on any platform with its 4.21 release.

The new version, which is available Nov. 7, was battle-tested on every platform until it met Unreal's epic high standards.

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It includes industry-leading Niagara effects toolset, allows you to build multiplayer experiences and it iterates faster thanks to optimizations with up to a 60% speed increase when cooking content.

"Building on the previous release, we have added even more optimizations developed for Fortnite on Android and iOS to further improve the process for developing for mobile devices. Available in Early Access, Pixel Streaming opens a whole new avenue to deploy apps in a web browser with no barrier to entry and no compromise on rendering quality. We have also improved support for Linux as well as augmented, virtual, and mixed reality devices," the press release said.

In addition to all of the updates from Epic, this release includes 121 improvements submitted by the incredible community of Unreal Engine developers on GitHub.

Here are the Major Features:

• Niagara Platform Support and Usability Improvements

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• New: Replication Graph

• New: Optimizations for Shipping on Mobile Platforms

• New: Cooker Performance

• New: Pixel Streaming (Early Access)

• New: Pixel Streaming (Early Access)

• New: Animation System Optimizations and Improvements

• New: Gauntlet Automation Framework (Early Access)

• New: Submix Envelope Follower

• New: Filter Sound Submix Effect

• New: Sound Submix Effect Reverb Dry Level

• New: Optimizations to Source Effect API

• New: Linux Defaults to Vulkan Renderer

• New: Linux Media Player

• New: Linux Crash Report Client GUI

• New: Professional Video I/O Improvements (Early Access)

• New: Geographically Accurate Sun Positioning (Early Access)

• New: Static Mesh Processing

• New: Blueprint Usability Improvements

• New: Improvements to HTML5 Templates

• New: HTML5 README Files Updated

• New: Improved IPv6 Support

• New: DDoS Detection and Mitigation

• New: Physics Interface Updates

• New: Pipeline State Object (PSO) Caching • New: Physical Lighting Units Updates

• New: Sequencer Event Track

• New: Geometry Cache Track (Experimental)

• New: Sequencer Audio Bakedown (Early Access)

• New: Sequencer Guide Marks

• New: Windows Mixed Reality Support

• New: Magic Leap Qualified Developer Release Support

• New: Oculus Avatars

• New: Round Robin Occlusions

• New: Platform SDK Upgrades In every release, Unreal updates the Engine to support the latest SDK releases from platform partners.

To read more about the new release and it's major features, visit Unrealengine.com.